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Last March when Mayor Thomas Menino announced that after five terms in office as the longest serving mayor of Boston he would not run for re-election, the floodgates of candidates opened wide for all. Poor health stopped Menino’s political dynasty, but left huge shoes to fill.
Enter the floodgate of candidates, including the 12 now running in the city’s upcoming September 24th primary. Nearly half of them are people of color, a record for a city with a checkered racial past.
Of the 12 candidates, only one of them is a woman: Charlotte Golar Richie. Former three term State Representative who has served under both Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino, Charlotte breaks the mold when it comes to balancing family with a stellar political/civic engagement career.
We interview Charlotte on today’s show. Our goal is to interview all 12 candidates before the September primary.
And we’ll showcase some quick interviews from young people attending the Christian Education Congress of the First District AME Church here in Dover, Delaware as we dig deep into the summer activities of young people across the country.
About Charlotte Golar Richie:
Charlotte Golar Richie (born December 11, 1958 in Brooklyn serves as the senior vice president for public policy, advocacy and government relations for YouthBuild USA. She is currently a candidate for mayor of Boston.
Charlotte Golar graduated from Rutgers University and then tried her hand at acting, appearing off-Broadway and in minor roles on soap operas. She spent two years with the Peace Corps in Kenya teaching English to schoolchildren, spurring an interest in journalism and public service. She also met her future husband, another volunteer, in Kenya. Golar returned to the United States where she earned a master's degree at the Columbia University School of Journalism and married Winston Richie.
Richie represented the 5th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1995 until she resigned in 1999 to become the Executive Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development for the City of Boston. As a freshman legislator, she was elected vice-chair of the city's State House delegation and chair of the Housing and Urban Development Committee, the first time in three decades that a freshman won a leadership position. As a State Representative, Richie sponsored a $296 million housing bond bill to develop low-cost housing.
Richie's appointment to Chief of Housing and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development coincided with Mayor Thomas Menino's decision to elevate the post to a cabinet position.
She remained with the DND until 2007 when she became Governor Deval Patrick's senior advisor for federal, state and community affairs. In 2009, she left the Patrick administration to become the executive director of the Governor's re-election committee.
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